What’s On: London’s Best Family Events this Week
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Lastly, before getting to the action-packed week ahead, if you know of a London mum with some performing skills, there is a great part time, term time vacancy to join a fantastic team.
Family Events Saturday 30th November
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair: Come along Saturday and Sunday to Chelsea’s secret garden for a wonderful little Christmas Fair. Children’s events will be on at 11am, 12:15 and 2pm for £2.50 each – making ornaments and other nice crafts. The best part is the high quality and special gifts that will be on sale – a very nice place to find good gifts. Adults £5, members free and may bring a guest. Children free
Lauderdale House, The White Reindeer: Follow the story of a boy called Aldred who is saved in a snowstorm by a magical white reindeer at 10am and 11:30, tickets £4.50 adults and £3 kids- great price for live theatre and the chance to enjoy the iconic Lauderdale House, Hampstead. Ages 2-5
Half Moon Theatre, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Come and bring the kids to this much-loved tale of a broom, a boy and some magic. Children age 4+. Tickets are £6 each. 11am and 2pm
Southbank, Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment: bring the kids at 11am or 2pm for a family-friendly orchestral performance in the Purcell Room – adults £9, children £1. All ages.
Gobaby App has a new Holiday Season release of this fabulous app for tackling the London with a pushchair. Gobaby lists every Undergournd, Overground and DLR station with four easy to read icons indicating whether any station is step-free; has 10+ steps; requires escalators; or has lifts along with live service updates. If that is not enough, the app includes over 1,000 changing rooms in various family dining establishments, libraries and shops. The holiday version also lists over 200 Boots pharmacies across London for the cold season. Go on, best £1.49 you will spend.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: Tangled timeless classic. Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2.
Barbican Family Film Club: Justin and the Knights of Valour. Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie. Great price. 11am, all ages.
Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; 10:30am. Check out the newly refurbished Electric Cinema in Notting Hill with its plush, red velvet beds, sofas and armchairs. Looks like a great way for Dad to occupy the kids on a Saturday morning. Tickets £8 per person. All ages
Family Events Sunday 1st December
Belgravia Christmas Sunday: This is such a lovely little Christmas festival, Santa and his reindeer and elves are on hand to entertain along with jugglers and choir singers. The street fair is in two locations: on Pimlico Road and on Elizabeth Street. Loads of shopping stalls and food for sale.
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair: Come along to Chelsea’s secret garden for a wonderful little Christmas Fair. Children’s events will be on at 11am, 12:15 and 2pm for £2.50 each – making ornaments and other nice crafts. The best part is the high quality and special gifts that will be on sale – a very nice place to find good gifts. Adults £5, members free and may bring a guest. Children free
Ragged School Museum, Victorian Classroom: take the little ingrates out to Tower Hamlets and show them what Dr. Bernardo’s street urchins viewed as the promised land – School!! Nice little museum and great fun for the kids.
Wallace Collection, Little Draw. Join artist Anna Curtis and she takes the children for loosk around the fabrics, furnishings and paintings around the museum followed by an activity in the art studio. Just off Marylebone High Street, so one can go off shopping. Sunday 1:30 – 4:30, all ages, free
Chelsea Theatre, The Ballad of Rudy: A Christmas play about a Jazz reindeer – what could you be more seasonal than jazz? Live music, original songs and lots of imagination. Ages 3+, 10:30 and 1:30 every day but Mondays – tickets £8
And on to the upcoming week:
For Babies and Toddlers:
Monkey Music Chelsea is now offering classes in the gorgeous, spotless, light and airy Coopers Arms on Flood Street in Chelsea. Read more about Monkey Music for you and your child. Please ring 0208 767 9827 or email Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place – regular classes commencing at this venue in January 2014.
Mini Music Makers – Pimlico. Holy Apostles Church, Fridays 10am – 11:30am (check site for times and ages). Join Jeremy, a classically trained musician who brings traditional nursery rhymes to life with beautiful singing and musicality. Children have a great time and music as do the adults. £7 per child (or £5 per child paying in advance for the term)
Forge Arts Venue, Imagination Station: Bring the babies , from 4 months, along to this enchanting music and sensory class. From 10am Wednesday mornings, 4 months to 3 years.
Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time: Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free. This week’s programme: Humpf
Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am. £7.50. This week’s feature: Saving Mr. Banks